Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump jokes about Greg Gianforte body-slamming reporter amid Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Trump jokes about Greg Gianforte body-slamming reporter amid Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Trump continued. "Any guy that can do a bodyslam, he's my kind of guy".

Gianforte won by a six-point margin in 2017, but still faces re-election this year. "I think it's pretty evident", he said.

At a campaign rally in Montana tonight, Trump first said "never wrestle him", after calling Gianforte up on stage.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a US congressman who assaulted a reporter, making light of the attack.

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He was ordered to pay $385 (£304), complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.

Trump commented at the rally that upon hearing of the assault, he thought it might hurt Gianforte's chances.

After praising Mr Gianforte, Mr Trump then mimicked a person being thrown forcefully to the ground. "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of, he's my guy".

"And I said 'Oh, this is awful. he's going to lose the election, '" Trump said before adding, "Then I said 'Well, wait a minute".

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While oblique, the criticism is relatively strong by the standards of Downing Street, which generally tries to play down condemnation of Trump's often erratic behaviour, mindful of wider UK-US ties as well as the president's promises about a post-Brexit trade deal. Trump said on Thursday that it "certainly looks" as though Khashoggi is dead.

Trump, who has called the media the enemy of the American people and regularly derides journalists as "fake news", made his latest remarks during a campaign rally in Montana.

Trump's comments come as events are unfolding in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2.

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